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Entries by Dr. Boyce Watkins from 10/2011

African Americans Must Occupy Wall Street

| Posted 10.06.2011 | Black Voices

This week, I plan to head to New York City to join scores of American citizens who've decided that Wall Street should be confronted for the financial crimes that have been committed against the American people. You should, too.

Hip Hop Artists Must Start Giving Back to the Black Community

| Posted 10.11.2011 | Black Voices

Uncle Luke's remarks are a relevant wake up call to the sleeping giants within hip hop. Artists should be called to action to help deal with the problems that affect all of Black America, not just Miami.

Herman Cain Has Become the Perfect American Racist

| Posted 10.12.2011 | Black Voices

Herman Cain seems to be building his campaign by making one eyebrow raising statement after another. In fact, he has become the shock jock of the Republican Party.

Let's Also Discuss Black Youth in the National Conversation on Bullying

| Posted 10.14.2011 | Black Voices

It must be made clear that millions of children in urban communities across America are regular victims of a type of bullying that is rarely seen in the suburbs. These kids need our protection and they need to feel safe.

Five Questions Dr. King Might Ask about His Memorial Dedication Ceremony

| Posted 10.19.2011 | Black Voices

I doubt Dr. King would have attended his monument's commemoration ceremony, if he were alive today. I speculate that instead, he might have spent the week protesting on Wall Street, fighting for labor rights or battling the epidemic of mass incarceration.

Bryant Gumbel, David Stern and the NBA Plantation

| Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices

Based on Gumbel's remarks over the years, I quietly suspect that beneath the polished, articulate demeanor lies a Black Panther always waiting to happen. In fact, that's one of the reasons I respect him so much.

Should Bishop Eddie Long Be Sued by Members of His Own Congregation?

| Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion

Only trust your pastor if he is worthy of being trusted, and even then, realize that he may not be fully aware of everything himself. Far too many of us are quick to believe anything our pastor says, and anyone the pastor endorses.

Tyler Perry, Al Sharpton and the "Proper Negro" Remark

| Posted 10.26.2011 | Black Voices

Tyler Perry has been hit with the kind of haterology only reserved for a black man who was able to stealthily rise to become the highest paid man in all of Hollywood. Not the highest paid black man... the highest paid man, period.

NCAA Athletes Finally Demanding to Be Paid: A Professor's Perspective

| Posted 10.26.2011 | Sports

The NCAA loves to put professional pressure on the backs of young athletes, while keeping nearly all the professional rewards for themselves.

"In Living Color" May Be Coming Back -- Can America Handle It?

| Posted 10.31.2011 | Black Voices

Most of us loved In Living Color back in the day. The skits were original and creative and the cast was incredibly talented. Well, there's good news for fans of the show.